Saturday, January 23, 2010

On-The-Run “Advice” From Cowardly Democrats as they Dive for the Tall Grass

This one's laughable coming from Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut. The Senator said Democrats should “take a breather for a month, six weeks” so Congress can regroup after Senate Democrats lost their filibuster-proof majority in Tuesday’s Massachusetts election.

This is the same senator who lamented the lack of comity in the Senate in an oblique criticism of the feisty new Democratic members of Congress: Al Franken, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Alan Grayson.

Isn't it curious that less than a month after Dodd announced (at the urging of the White House) he would not seek reelection, he is first in line in the Democratic Party to raise the white flag of surrender in the form of “advice” to his Party colleagues? Is the Senator regretful and/or resentful that he may have taken one for the team prematurely?

A major reason Democrats are in this position is that they waited too long already to pass healthcare, without strong presidential leadership. The longer Democrats wait, the dimmer their prospects for passage of a healthcare bill become. And if they do not pass some form of healthcare, bye-bye majorities because the base is royally pissed.

Who knows, perhaps Mr. Dodd is auditioning for prospective corporate clients once he becomes a lobbyist. Whatever the case, his comments are unwelcome. The best thing a lame duck like Chris Dodd can do (as Al Franken would say) is to sit down and shut the fuck up.

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